Tips for Logistical expertise

Regulation 8 of the CHA LR 2004 provides for conducting an examination for CHA License under Regulation 4 with eligibility criteria specified in Regulation 5 and 6. The number of applicants each year increases and this is good and positive sign.
There is an urgent need for a large number of qualified and well read, conversant and professionals CHA’s especially in the new EXIM Locations i.e. the ICD’s and new ports coming up all over the country.
Before starting preparations for the exams, the candidates need to ponder over a few realities :

• When the last time candidate he wrote an exam paper ?
• Does She / He remember sitting in one place for over 3 hours without getting up; talking to anyone; no tea/coffee and writing?
• When did the candidate last write in neat handwriting; formulating thoughts as she / he wrote?

For starters please practice to write four full pages without a break on any topic of your choice and all questions asked above would become relevant and important to you. You may tackle this challenge by ensuring that you decide to sit for the exam. Please remember this may be your biggest obstacle. It is to be remembered that the exam is of domain knowledge.
The examiners want to evaluate your ability in understanding concepts; laws; procedures; issues related to same and have your observations on the same. Your knowledge needs to be reflected in the answer sheets.
Regulation 8 gives you a broad syllabus.

• Kindly ensure that you cover the whole syllabus.
• Read up as much material as you may find on each topic.
• Read the same as many times as possible.
• Write as you study.
• Preferably study alone.
• Put in at least 4 hours daily from now onwards on preparations.
• Read up related subjects/topics also – INCOTERMS; WTO; WCO; Customs in the modern times; Evolution of Customs in the liberalized economy of India – this will help you write better, more qualified and structured answers.

While answering the question paper it is very important that the terminology provided in the Acts is used and you do not use colloquial terms or local terms as we use across the country.

 

Please freely use terms like “Proper Officer”, “for the time being in force”, “or similar”, “ignorance of the law is no excuse”, “imported not import”, “export not exported”, “proactive”, “retrospective”, “prospective”, “principal”, “agent”, etc. Names of Act with the year, public notices with full numbers would add value to your answers. Another question often asked is how much does one write?
There can be no guidelines for the same but the exam is subjective. This would translate to at least one and half sheets for a four or five marks question. Others must be proportionate or can be longer. This would imply that the total answers should not be less than 30 to 35 sheets if complete justice is to be done while answering the questions.
Needless to add that, write in neat handwriting, time yourself so that the complete paper is attempted and review the paper before handling over.
This leads us to how to write such a ‘long’ short note. Ideally each answer must contain the answer to the basic question; ensure you write the relevant public notice under which the same is covered; you may add explanations as well as your observations. For eg. A question on drawback merit mention additionally of – it is not an incentive; it is under Ministry of Finance; return of drawback with interest in case of non – realization of foreign exchange proceeds etc.
Candidates must remember that the exam is conducted only to judge your ability with the subject. This is what most of the candidates know well and have been doing same for the past few years. Kindly note that this is a career making exam and all Customs clearances; problems of clients; festivals; entertainment; etc must take a back seat from now till the exams.
( The writer is the Chief Mentor & Director JBS Academy. The academy specializes in creating knowledgeable people working for the logistics industry)